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5 Easy Ways To Include Health-Boosting Adaptogens In Your Diet

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Adaptogens are a unique class of herbs and roots that decrease the effects of hormones and other compounds that are released into the body in times of stress, such as kinase, nitric oxide, and cortisol. Since the effects of these compounds can improve health, lessen fatigue, and generally improve wellbeing, it’s no wonder that people are clamoring to introduce adaptogens into their diets.

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Most experts agree that there are just over a dozen true adaptogens, including ashwagandha (a member of the nightshade family), astragalus (the root of a perennial plant), cordyceps (a fungi), eleuthero (also known as Siberian ginseng), jiaogulan (a medicinal vine), maca (the root of a Peruvian plant), panax ginseng or panax quinquefolius (“true” ginseng), reishi mushrooms, rhaponticum (a perennial thistle-like flower), rhodiola (the root of Rhodiola rosea plant, used by the Vikings), schisandra (the berry of a Chinese vine),...

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